‘Migrant intrusions’ shut down EU’s longest rail motorway
Published time: 13 Jul, 2016 03:18
Train services on the longest rail motorway in Europe have been shut down after numerous attempts by migrants from the so-called “Jungle” camp near the French city of Calais to break into the unaccompanied trailers transporting goods from Spain to the UK.
The migrants repeatedly attempted to get inside the trailers and illegally enter the UK, according to Calais port authorities.
The VIIA Britanica railway has halted its operations until September. The shutdown comes just a few months after the rail motorway began operations.
It has been mainly used to transport trailers, allowing the goods to cross France in 22 hours, avoiding a much longer 1,200-kilometer (745-mile) commute via roads.
Port authorities said in a statement that motorway services have been halted after a “resurgence in migrant intrusions in past weeks.”
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